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Monday, February 23, 2009

The Adobe Aesthetic

To feed my budding curiosity about residential architecture and design, I went on a brief architectural tour of town. It's fascinating to see the blend of historic architectural styles with the new buildings that dominate my suburban landscape. My favorite houses are always the late 19th century Queen Anne Victorians, with their ornate woodwork, charming gables, and wraparound porches. Luckily, there are plenty in town that were not torn down during the building boom of the 1950s and '60s. But before such Victorian houses began to spring up, adobes like the one below housed the earliest settlers in town. The small three room building I'm standing in front of was built in 1857 and was used to raise a family with 13 children. The floors were made of hard-packed dirt and consisted of a mixture of ox blood and clay to harden them. Imagine living in a place like that...it certainly makes me appreciate all the comforts of modern life.

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Wearing: black tee- Fruit of the Loom, printed tunic - F21, military jacket - I ♥ Ronson, braided belt - F21, leggings - American Apparel, slouched cowboy boots - H&M